With all the thoughts on DACA, here is a possible deal that might be made. (I am not backing this deal, but it is a thought).
Mr Trump gets his border wall, and we do a Reagan style one shot deal on “the dreamers”. the way it would go is that legislation would be put in that would end anchor babies, If an illegal has a kid here they are the citizen of the country of the mom. that takes care of 2 big ticket items, and gets that many more off the roles . Congress is already setting immigration limits , so we follow those, maybe increase them a little.
Now for the part a lot including me aren’t going to be happy with, but will probably happen. The “dreamers” on DACA get 1 year to gain citizenship. Those in the military would be granted citizenship (they did step up and decided to defend this country for all of us). If the only thing holding them back from gaining citizenship is that they have to leave the country, then we, for this group only, bypass this requirement. After the 1 year, all those “dreamers” that did not get citizenship are immediately deported, as they did not want to be a citizen. This program would only be offered to those that have been here say over 10 years and brought in before they were 12? The rest get deported.
Some have talked about a special permanent visa, One that does not make them a citizen, but would allow them to stay here legally. This would not give them any rights like voting or food stamps or such. This may be a good idea. This would take care of some of the problem of a gain from an unlawful act.
These are the most probable deals I can see coming from congress. Even these are more than most would like to see to solve this problem, But they are almost acceptable. What say you?